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    Latest research

    I still get the weekly staff newsletter email from Loughborough University (although I retired last year). In these emails, they like to highlight the latest research done at the University. This week's email included the headline:

    New study finds people eat more the night before exercise

    Well, who would have thought it? Stuffing yourself with pasta, flapjacks or whatever on the evening before the Wasdale Race: how unexpected! Although it turns out that rather than simply asking fell runners (or any other runners) what they ate the night before a race, they actually did a controlled experiment: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/internal/new...fore-exercise/

    I also enjoyed the next headline in the email:

    Ageing expert shares tips to supercharge your brain in new book

    It turns out that they are not referring to the fact that the expert is getting older; rather that he is an expert on ageing.
    In his lifetime he suffered from unreality, as do so many Englishmen.
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    If you're doing it 'properly' you should probably have a good trough 2 nights before the race and a good lunch the day before the race, with a lightish meal the immediate night before. Otherwise you run the risk of starting with a load of food sat in your gut and feeling bloated, especially if it's an early start (think 4am BG start).

    That said I know people who have had some excellent results off a big fish & chips the night before and that's often my go too.

    Before my only marathon I tried a carb cut-down for a few days earlier in the week (nothing as advanced as some people do) before pigging out in the last 3 days and felt bloody magic. I was more controlling in what I ate the night before (chicken and rice based) - sometimes when I stay over at my parents' before a race we get lasagne, baked spud and garlic bread and the triple carb can lead to a very heavy feeling on race day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ba-ba View Post
    If you're doing it 'properly' you should probably have a good trough 2 nights before the race and a good lunch the day before the race, with a lightish meal the immediate night before. Otherwise you run the risk of starting with a load of food sat in your gut and feeling bloated, especially if it's an early start (think 4am BG start).

    That said I know people who have had some excellent results off a big fish & chips the night before and that's often my go too.

    Before my only marathon I tried a carb cut-down for a few days earlier in the week (nothing as advanced as some people do) before pigging out in the last 3 days and felt bloody magic. I was more controlling in what I ate the night before (chicken and rice based) - sometimes when I stay over at my parents' before a race we get lasagne, baked spud and garlic bread and the triple carb can lead to a very heavy feeling on race day.
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